Xiaomi Mi MIX includes Microsoft's Cortana assistant

It wouldn't be a stretch to say that Microsoft's mobile ventures have been less-than-successful over the past few years. But the Cortana assistant -- also baked into the wider Windows product line -- certainly holds its own verus Apple's Siri and Google Assistant. As part of Redmond's pact with Xiaomi, the much-hyped Mi MIX bundles Cortana as standard, along with several other recognized Microsoft utilities. 

In the run-up to Xiaomi's announcement event late in October, all eyes were on the Mi Note 2. But the 6.4-inch ceramic Mi MIX comfortably stole the show with its truly unique design and high-end innards. Though it runs Xiaomi's MIUI atop Google's Android, there's plenty of Microsoft influence thrown into the bargain. 

As you may have heard, Xiaomi recently snagged a bunch of patents from Microsoft. A real boon for the Chinese firm's efforts to conquer the lucrative Western market, the deal also meant that select Microsoft apps would be pre-installed on Xiaomi handsets. With the Mi MIX now reaching early adopters after an epic flash sale, it seems that quite a lot of Redmond bloatware software is on board.

Along with Cortana, owners get the main Office apps including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook. This isn't the first time Cortana has been rolled out to an Android smartphone -- the OnePlus One and OnePlus 2 also received the AI bundle earlier this year through a Cyanogen OS update. The Mi MIX is the first non-Windows handset to roll with Cortana out of the box, however.

Prospective Mi MIX owners -- will you be taking advantage of Cortana et al? Let us know what you make of this in the comments. 

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  • Display 6.4" 1080 x 2040 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 821, Quad-core, 2340 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 4400 mAh



1. monoke

Posts: 1172; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

I hate pre-installed apps no matter how good or popular it is. Much prefer a clean slate in which I install things myself.

3. mahima

Posts: 739; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

me too... disabled apps google photos hangout music app video app and a few more...

2. raghu67

Posts: 32; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

will it be possible to remove all those pre-installed microsoft apps....?

4. jacksmith21006

Posts: 68; Member since: Nov 03, 2015

What? I want Google Gmail, Google Contacts and Calendar, Google Maps, Google Photos, Google Docs & Sheets and Drive. I want to just put my SIM in the new phone and everything is the same as my old phone. I get Microsoft pays these companies to put their software on them but they wreck selling a bunch and just mess up the user experience. Google is going to win simply because the Pixel has a clean user experience. Recently purchased a Samsung S7 Edge. Fantastic hardware. What a mess with the software. Wants me to create a Samsung account. Then I have my Google account. Constantly nags me about this and that Samsung. Tried to delete or force stop the Samsung software and it just comes back. The other day I somehow accidentally opened Samsung Pay. I do NOT want Samsung pay and just use Android Pay. Android would be even more successful if the OEMs would just leave the software to Google.

5. Heisenberg

Posts: 377; Member since: Feb 11, 2015

OEMS don't trust Google and vice versa that's why Google is making hardware

6. yoghibawono

Posts: 240; Member since: May 04, 2016

where have you been? xiaomi has been working together with MS in terms of software. Started back in 2014 mi4 LTE where MS made official on W10 (updated til now).

7. jeevan2016

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 06, 2016

Awesome phone , Its display is very cute .

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